Blair Fortner has over 25 years of experience in international economics, and has held a number of executive positions with leading agribusiness and agricultural trade organizations, after serving in the government. He most-recently served as Chief Economist for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), overseeing development and quantitative analysis of global strategy, capital allocation and structuring, join-venture strategy, and key international projects. Prior to joining ADM, Blair served as Chief Economist for Monsanto Company, handling mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures through deal-specific work and coordination of internal and third party analysis on deals totaling over USD 1.5B. He also represented the company on The Conference Board’s Global Advisory Committee and within various World Economic Forum meetings. Prior to joining Monsanto, he led the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s international division, where he established and managed the International Soybean Growers Alliance, organizing producer organizations across the Americas into one global advocacy grouping. He previously held various positions for Campaign Management Company and Citigroup Smith Barney, after serving in the Office of U.S. Representative Jay Dickey, and the U.S. Department of State both in Washington, DC. Blair holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Arkansas, where he focused on economics and business, with a particular focus on CEE.